Ontario COVID-19 quarantine screening officer charged with extortion, sexual assault

Ontario COVID-19 quarantine screening officer charged with extortion, sexual assault
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TORONTO —
A quarantine screening officer who allegedly demanded cash from a woman before sexually assaulting her at her home faces related charges, police said on Wednesday.

The accused had been trained by the Public Health Agency of Canada as a designated screening officer under the Quarantine Act, Halton regional police said.

According to a police statement, the accused was doing a quarantine compliance check at a home in Oakville, Ont., on Feb. 18.

“The accused informed the victim that they were in violation of the quarantine order and demanded that a fine be paid in cash,” police alleged. “When the victim declined to pay, she was sexually assaulted by the accused.”

Police said they arrested a man they identified only as Hemant, 27, of Hamilton, on Tuesday….



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